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1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
Un-Freakin-Believable Hyperactive Beatdowns!
Ball Busting Action!!!
Style over substance rules but who cares when the most brutal jaw-dropping fight scenes are an Eye-Popping, Balls to the Wall, Life or Death Spectacle!
Gratuitous Adrenalin Pumping Acts of Extreme Violence!
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
Extremely fast paced, intense and violent non-stop action. Next to no story. For what it is, it is great.
The tight, claustrophobic environment is a perfect set for this trimmed down, unrelenting and brutal action film from Indonesia.
Another one of my favorite martial arts movies. Brutal, gory, face-paced action with a weirdly fitting soundtrack done by one of the dudes from Linkin Park (don't let that be a discouraging mark though).
It's also another action movie I enjoy that takes place (mostly) in one building, with the characters slowly working their way up to the top to defeat the "big boss." We need more action movies like this. I'm going to start a campaign.
The plot of this movie lacked depth and originality and was ultimately the same concept as that of Dredd (2012).
Despite both the SWAT and gangsters being armed to the teeth, there's a considerable amount of unarmed, Jet-Li style fighting, which is hella cool.
This is one to watch for the action, not the story.
This Indonesian martial-arts flick barely bothers to have any plot or characters, and those it has are completely paint-by-numbers boring. Thing is, it barely matters. This film is about the action, and the action is nigh-on unforgettable ... particularly the final confrontation between two brothers and a character named Mad Dog, which is an all-time great set-piece. But as much fun as I had watching guys get killed in interesting ways, I do wish we'd been given more reason to care.
Non-stop action with some excellent fight scenes.
Very similar to Dredd but lacking some much needed depth to the storyline.
The plot is relatively flawless considering the unrealistic idea.
Very well made in all apartments, but it was a bit boring at the build up face. The second half was way better because of the good build-up.
Fairly good all in all, especially considering the low budget.
I'm looking forward to number 2 now.
Expect a bloody, action, martial arts film with really long and fighting scenes.
Don't expect that there is a intelligent story, which has 100% logical.
Then you will like this film.
If you want a gripping storyline then look elsewhere.
If you want to be entertained, if you want to see some of the most impressive fight scenes in modern cinema then sit back and enjoy The Raid.
"Pulling a trigger is like ordering a takeout".
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- The Ugly Swans
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Down by Law
- Leon: The Professional
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Whisper of the Heart
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